File:William-clark-russell.jpg|right|thumb|William Clark Russell from ''Who-When-What Book'', 1900.
'''William Clark Russell''' (24 February 1844 – 8 November 1911) was an English writer best known for his nautical novels
At the age of 13 Russell joined the United Kingdom's Merchant Navy (United Kingdom)|Merchant Navy
, serving for eight years. The hardships of life at sea damaged his health permanently, but provided him with material for a career as a writer. He wrote short stories, press articles, historical essays, biographies and a book of verse, but was known best for his novels, most of which were about life at sea. He maintained a simultaneous career as a journalist, principally as a columnist on nautical subjects for ''The Daily Telegraph
Russell campaigned for better conditions for merchant seamen, and his work influenced reforms approved by Parliament to prevent unscrupulous ship-owners from exploiting their crews. His influence in this...